Here's the best of events in July in India (listed by date).
The famous Amarnath cave temple, one of the top caves in India, houses a Shiva lingam made out of ice. It's one of the toughest pilgrimages in India to visit it. Pilgrims must battle inclement weather, which makes the track slippery and dangerous, as well as very high altitude. My colleague, the About.com Guide to Hinduism, has essential information about Amarnath and information about the Amarnath yatra.
- When: June 28-August 21, 2013.
- Where: On Mount Amarnath, around 140 kilometers from Srinagar in Kashmir. There are two routes to the shrine -- 16 kilometers from Baltal in Ganderbal and the traditional 45 kilometers Pahalgam track in Anantnag district, approximately 3-4 hours drive from Srinagar.
2. Rath Yatra
The exuberant 12 day Rath Yatra festival sees Lord Jagannath (a reincarnation of Lords Vishnu and Krishna), along with and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, venture out of their abode in Puri's Jagannath Temple. The gods are transported on towering chariots. Discover how the chariots are made.
- When: July 10-21, 2013.
- Where: Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa.
3. Splash 2013
The Splash monsoon carnival is back for the fifth year this year. It's a fabulous and fun opportunity to experience Wayanad during the monsoon season, and see the area's natural green beauty at this time of year. The carnival will consist of three action packed days of both outdoor and indoor events. Enticing accommodation packages are also on offer.
- When: July 12-14, 2013.
- Where: Kalpetta, Wayanad district, Kerala.
If you love flea markets, you can't miss this one! There will be attractions for the whole family. These include decor, designer fashion, art, handicrafts, quirky products, unique food offerings, vintage sellers, creativity workshops, and musicians.
- When: July 13-14, 2013.
- Where: Dilli Haat, INA, Delhi.
5. Guru Purnima
This full moon day is celebrated in remembrance of the ancient sage Vyasa, who edited and wrote a number of holy Hindu scriptures. However, the idea behind Guru Purnima extends further than that. It's also a day for giving thanks to anyone who's taught you spiritual lessons in life. Many people simply spend some time reviewing all the knowledge they've acquired in the last year, and the way it's helped transformed them.
- When: July 22, 2013.
- Where: All over India, particularly in spiritual centers such as Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh. One of the largest Guru Purnima festivals is held at Goverdhan, near Mathura.